Watch: An “Off The Isle Of Capri” Inspired Makeup Tutorial

I’m back with another makeup tutorial on YouTube and it’s inspired by one of my favorite places in the entire world…Italy. Scott and I took a special babymoon vacation there last year with friends and it’s an experience I’ll never forget. So beautiful!

For this look, it’s all about a sultry bronze glow with a pop of color to bring it all together. Click the video below to get all the steps:

The Products:

The Estee Edit Glow Magnetic Eye & Face Palette

M441 Pro Firm Blending Crease Brush from Morphe Brushes

Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Skin Highlighter 

Note Cosmetics Terracota Powder 

Fan Brush

Loreal Paris Infallible Lip Paints in Orange Envy 

Hope you loved this look! For more beauty tutorials, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here! I’ll be sharing a beautiful sunshine-inspired eye within the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Watch: A New & Updated Way To Use Your Hot Rollers

I don’t care who you are. Everyone (especially if you grew up in the 80’s!) had a set of hot rollers. Whether it was to a school dance or just to head to class, I used them non-stop. I grew up in Kentucky so the bigger the better!

Once I got a bit older, the sky-high hair trend left us (RIP!) But that doesn’t mean we have to throw our hot rollers away, though! I still have my old set and I’ll be honest…I tend to like them better than using my regular curling iron. It’s super easy. You can throw them on, make the kids breakfast, and clean the house all while letting your hair do it’s thing. Remember those older women who used to wear them to the grocery store? We used to make fun of them but they may have been onto something!

Today on my YouTube channel, I’m going to show you how to use your hot rollers to get a new & updated look: 

The Products:

Hot Rollers: T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe

Thermal Protective Spray: Joico Iron Clad Heat Protectant 

Shine Serum: Honest Beauty Honestly Polished Dry Condition + Shine Serum 

Hairspray: VERB Ghost Hairspray

Dry Shampoo/Texturizer: Dry Bar Triple Sec 3-In-1 

photo credits: Erica Hampton Photography

And, there you have it! A new and improved hot roller look. Let me know what you guys think by subscribing and commenting on my YouTube channel

Watch: My Summer 2017 Beauty Favorites

When the seasons change so does my beauty routine. For summer, I’m all about a fresh and natural glow…while still keeping my skin protected from the sun.

And, look who decided to join me today…BABY GREY!!!

Click the video below to see what I’m OBSESSING over for summer:

Shop My Summer Favorites:

1. Kopari Coconut Body Glow 

2. Captain Blankenship Sail Away Bug Spray

3. Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam 

4. Philip B Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist

5. Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush & Illuminator 

6. Supergoop Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil 

7. Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Truffle/Bronze

8. Orlando Pita Play Ampli-Tint Color Depositing Hair Mask 

9. Yuni Beauty Shower Sheets 

For more beauty tips + tricks, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

Watch: Drugstore Dupes With Ani And Nora From Moda Mob

Excuse my language but I’m a bit of a beauty product WHORE! I seriously can’t get enough. That’s why I decided to invite Ani and Nora from one of my favorite beauty channels on YouTube, Moda Mob! They are the queens at tutorials, hacks, and one very important topic: drugstore dupes.

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

When the girls told me I was going to be tested on which was which, I was a little nervous. They are so similar, people!

Click on the video below to see how I did + the difference between the two:

How amazing is that!? You really don’t need to spend tons of money on makeup. The drugstore dupes are more similar than I ever thought! Here’s a recap on what we tested:

The Dupes:

Drugstore Dupe #1: Red Lipstick 

Wet N Wild Red Velvet ($1.99) vs Mac Cosmetics Ruby Woo ($17)

Drugstore Dupe #2: Blush


Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso ($7.50) vs Nars Orgasm Blush ($30)

Drugstore Dupe #3: Highlighter 

Loreal Paris Magic Lumi Highlighter in Light Pale ($5) vs YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Perfection Pen in 02 ($42)

Drugstore Dupe #4: Concealer

Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer Camouflage in Sand Sable ($10) vs Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Nutmeg ($30)

Drugstore Dupe #5: Foundation

NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation in Light Medium ($12) vs  Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Light Medium ($35)

DON’T FORGET to stop by Ani and Nora’s channel, Moda Mob, to catch us talking about my favorite mom beauty hacks!  As a momma, you gotta do what you gotta do! Click here to check it out. 

Watch: How To Master The Modern Pony

Whether it’s sleek and straight or full of volume…everyone knows I love a good pony. Over the years, I’ve learned some tips on how to make a ponytail good for any occasion.

Click the video below to get all the steps for this chic and modern pony: 

The Products: 

1. Dove Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray 

2. Dry Bar Triple Sec 3-In-1 Spray

3. A Paddle Brush 

4. A Teasing Comb

5. IGK Broken Dreams Texturizing Paste 

6. Blow Dry Clips 

For more beauty tips + tricks, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

The Beauty Products You Can Actually Wear To The Gym

I’ve been in #BikiniAfterBaby mode so I’ve been working out a lot. As much as I would love to always hit the gym bare faced, there are times when I need a little something. But, what do you get when you mix certain beauty products and sweat? A complete and utter skincare disaster!

To avoid clogged pores and irritation (and major streaking, of course!) it’s all about choosing the right products.

Here are some of my must-haves for sweatproof and gym-ready beauty:

An Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer:

The key words here are oil-free. The worst feeling in the entire world is sweating with a heavy face product. It normally results in clogged pores and irritation. Not cute!

Instead of wearing a full coverage product, I switch up my routine with a tinted moisturizer. I actually have a few in my rotation depending on what type of workout I’ll be doing. If it’s something less strenuous like yoga, I’ll use a mid-coverage product like Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. It gives me a little color but it’s still light enough so it doesn’t irritate my skin. For those super sweaty workouts, I stick to the classic Embryolisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat. A model favorite! It’s colorless but if your workout is hard enough, you won’t need that much color anyway.

A Full-Coverage Concealer:

Okay, I know I just said to skip the full coverage but keep reading. If you really feel that you need some spot correction, go ahead. You can use your heavy matte concealer! I know this sounds a little counter intuitive but those light and luminous concealers are just going to sweat off and streak.

With that said, I still wouldn’t put concealer on the areas of your face that are prone to clog (forehead, around the nose, cheeks.) The heavy product should only go under your eyes or maybe for any hyperpigmentation. For dark circles, Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer for under eye is everything.

If you’re trying to cover up acne, be careful. The wrong product can be like adding fuel to the already huge fire. Bare Minerals has a special Blemish Remedy Concealer that is non-comedogenic and heals redness with aloe. I would still only use for a pimple emergency, though. Bare is best!

A Water-Based Blush

An oil-free and lightweight blush is better than a cream if you are sweating. I’ve made this mistake many times. Cream blush ends up melting all the way down your face…literally. Recently, I discovered a new watercolor blush that I’m OBSESSED with. It’s from Stila’s Aqua Glow collection. This product adds just a splash of color like it was meant to be there anyway. Oh, and it’s waterproof and buildable which means you can add a bit more while leaving the gym. Love it!

A Waterproof Mascara

If you work out and you wear makeup, you’ve had raccoon eyes. That’s just how it is. I’ve actually had to stop a workout because of the stinging pain of mascara in my eye. It should go without saying that waterproof mascara is a lifesaver.

The only downfall of waterproof? It can damage your lashes. Most formulas are designed to stay on through anything which means the removal of the product can cause some wear and tear. Luckily, some beauty brands have come out with their own waterproof mascara with vitamins that actually promote healthy lash growth. Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara is a great pick (even for everyday use!)

If you want to stick to your same waterproof formula, just make sure you are removing it correctly. A lot of people assume that their cleanser will take care of it but that’s not usually the case. It’s important to use a gentle remover such as micellar water (I like Garnier’s Waterproof version or Bioderma!) and a cotton pad. Pour the water on the pad, press in the product continuously, and wipe downward. This allows the mascara to dissolve quicker and not cause as much damage.

A Shadow Stick

Put down the powder eyeshadows! If you wear them to work out, you will probably end up with color down to your chin. Instead, use a long-wear shadow stick that stays in place even during a major sweat sesh. Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Shadow Sticks are the easiest to use. I can tell you for a fact that I’ve gotten through an hour long cardio workout and I still have a pretty gold sheen on my lids. My favorite and most natural pick is the Dual-Ended stick from Bobbi Brown in Peach Mimosa or Truffle. Add a bit at the water line for an even bolder look, if needed.

A Light Brow Gel

I’m a firm believer that brows frame the face. I’m also one of those types of people who wears brow gel even when they are just hanging around the house. When I work out, I use a sweatproof version like Glossier’s Boy Brow because it also has a subtle tint to it. Not only does it keep my brows in place but I’ve also realized it helps sweat not run into my eyes as much. I know, it’s super weird but true.

You’ll actually find that if you just use a brow gel you might not need any other product. It truly makes a difference to the face.

Extra tip: when you are applying brow gel, always brush the direction the hair is growing! 

An Invisible Setting Powder

I love a nice glow but there’s a difference between looking dewy and looking sweaty. If I’m done with my workout and I’m not able to cleanse my face right away, I always have an anti-shine product on hand. It’s the next best thing to avoid excess oil and clogged pores.

I’ve always been a huge fan of blotting papers because of how convenient they are. The black charcoal blotting linens from Boscia are some of the best. Charcoal is one of the best ingredients to detoxify the skin post-workout. The budget-friendly brand, NYX Cosmetics, also has a charcoal version that does the same job.

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! I was at Sephora recently (not a surprise!) and saw that Supergoop! has a translucent setting powder with a built-in brush. It actually sets the makeup so you can avoid shine before it happens.

Nourishing Lip Balm

My lips always get chapped when I work out even if I’m constantly sipping water. It can be really painful. I normally would just grab one of my favorite thick balms (I live and die by By Terry Baume de Rose!) but they don’t work as well when you are sweating. Not only do they slide right off but the stickiness isn’t the best feeling either.

The key is to use a lighter balm that will stay on and sink in. Stila Cosmetics has a great Color Calm lipstick in neutral colors that match the color of your lips. It’s honestly just like an Instagram filter for your lips. You won’t even be able to tell you have anything on!  If you’re the type that likes to wear a bit of color, try the Color Balm in the shade Misty.

A Heat Mask

As you know, I’m all about the double-duty products. This particular product is an actual game changer. One of my favorite new brands, Yuni, has come out with a Hot Head Microveil Hair Treatment, which is a heat-activated leave-in conditioning mist that actually treats and repairs your hair while you’re working out. Ummm, how amazing is that?! You don’t even need to rinse it out afterward.

What are your favorite sweatproof products? Comment below! I’ll need some suggestions for summer, too!

Watch: 3 Tips To Treat + Conceal Dark Circles

Ugh, dark circles are the WORST! As a momma of three, they are pretty inevitable for me. The key is to treat AND conceal…not one or the other!

Click on my YouTube tutorial below to watch how I fake a night’s sleep when I really, really need it: 

The Products:

1. Jade Roller 

2. Klorane Smoothing Eye Patches 

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer 

4. MAC Cosmetics Brush

5. Nars Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer 

6. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

For more beauty tips + tricks, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

Watch: My Top 7 Beauty Secrets Of All Time

I LOVE a good beauty secret. And let me tell you…I have a ton. When I was a model, I didn’t just sit in the makeup chair quietly. Nope. Not me! I asked question after question. I wanted to know exactly how they got that look and all of their secrets. And today, I’m sharing them with you on YouTube!

Watch the video below to learn my top 7 beauty secrets…OF ALL TIME!

photo credit: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Here’s a recap:

Beauty Secret #1: Use A Green Concealer To Counteract Redness

Dab it around your nose or anywhere there is a little redness. Blend it all in and use foundation to conceal those problem spots even more.

Product Recommendation: L.A Girl PRO Conceal High Definition

Beauty Secret #2: A Nude Eyeliner Makes Your Eyes Pop

One of the best tricks I’ve ever learned! I literally found out about this over 20 years ago from my makeup artists. Use nude eyeliner on the waterline to open up your eyes and look more awake and bright. After applying, squeeze your eyes together so it transfers to your lash line. It will give you an even brighter look!

Product Recommendation: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Brightener

Beauty Secret #3: A Nude Liner=Fuller Lips

Choose a lip liner almost the exact color of your natural lips and slightly overline. The keyword here is slightly. If you go too overboard, you’ll end up looking like a crazy person. The last step is applying gloss for the final touch.

Product Recommendation: MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare

Beauty Secret #4: The Tissue Trick

Let’s be honest–lip color can fade pretty fast. If you’re like me, I don’t want to reapply during the day so long lasting lip color is a must-have. I’ve been using this tissue trick for a long, long time. All you do is apply your lip color normally, place a tissue over your lips, dust with translucent powder, and voila! Top it off with one more coat of color and you’re good to go!

Product Recommendation: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Luminous Modern Matte Lipstick in Lost Cherry & Honest Beauty Invisible Blurring Powder 

Beauty Secret #5: Lip Balm As A Multi-Use Product

This is an old model trick from way back in the day. All you do is dab some gloss on the top of your eyelids, brow bone, cupids bow, and anywhere the light hits. It sounds simple but makes a major difference! A natural, dewy glow that takes little to no effort.

Product Recommendation: Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm 

Beauty Secret #6: No McDonald’s Arches

I know this may sound funny but it’s one of my biggest hair pet peeves. What’s a McDonald’s Arch you ask? It’s basically when the front portion of your hair actually arches. I love fullness and volume as much as the next person but sometimes it can go too far. To stop these arches, all you need to do is blow dry it down, spray with a bit of hairspray, clip it down with a tissue to prevent creases, spray again, and leave it. I know this may sound complicated but start your routine with this so it can set while you are doing your makeup. Take out the clips and no more arches!

Beauty Secret #7: Alcohol Pads For Sweating

What’s worse than sweating through your dress or shirt? Um, nothing! It’s horrible and embarrassing and I hate every second of it. I always, always pack some alcohol wipes in my purse for this reason. It’s super discrete and with one swipe can counteract the sweating.

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Watch: My Easy Glossy Eye Tutorial

I’m OBSESSED with this glossy eye look! It’s not only pretty, it’s also super easy! All you need is a few products to achieve it. Click the video below to get the full tutorial today on my YouTube channel: 

 

photo credit: Vanessa Tierney Photography

The Products:

Make Beauty Face Gloss 

Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm 

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in New Moon 

Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss 

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Watch: A Peachy Makeup Tutorial For Spring

photo credit: Vanessa Tierney Photography

I’m OBSESSED with a peach look this spring. It’s definitely becoming my go-to look. Check out my YouTube tutorial and product recommendations below!

Moisturizer: Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer 

Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation 

Blush: Too Faced Peach Glow Highlighter 

Highlighter: Milk Makeup Highlighter 

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette 

Eyeliner: Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Fireball 

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara 

Lipstick: Beauty Counter Sheer Lipstick in Coral

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